Chronic idiopathic hives

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What is chronic idiopathic hives?

Chronic idiopathic hives (urticaria) is defined as recurrent whealing of the skin at least twice weekly for more than 6 weeks. An identifiable cause is only rarely identified, with most cases being labeled idiopathic chronic urticaria.

Common symptoms reported by people with chronic idiopathic hives

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with chronic idiopathic hives

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Zyrtec)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
chronic idiopathic hives (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Singulair)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
chronic idiopathic hives (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Xolair)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
chronic idiopathic hives (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Treatment name(s)

(Zantac 150)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
chronic idiopathic hives (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(BuTrans patch)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Benadryl)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
chronic idiopathic hives (2)

Data from patients with chronic idiopathic hives, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with chronic idiopathic hives

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Zyrtec)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic idiopathic hives (4 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog drowsiness 2 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
chronic idiopathic hives (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Singulair)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic idiopathic hives (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
chronic idiopathic hives (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic headache disorder dizziness 1 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Xolair)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic idiopathic hives (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
chronic idiopathic hives (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic idiopathic hives (2 evaluations)
Side effects
sedation sleepiness
Total evaluations
3
Treatment name(s)

(Zantac 150)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic idiopathic hives (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
chronic idiopathic hives (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
grogginess
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
anxious mood (3) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation drowsiness
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(BuTrans patch)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sweating 1 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Benadryl)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic idiopathic hives (1 evaluation)
Side effects
sedation
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
chronic idiopathic hives (2)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with chronic idiopathic hives, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has chronic idiopathic hives on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 2
20s 26
30s 55
40s 68
50s 61
60s 27
70+ 12
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 32
20-29 years 31
30-39 years 30
40-49 years 20
50-59 years 12
60-69 years 6
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 51
Female 203

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 137
Not Diagnosed 24

These charts show data from chronic idiopathic hives patients who have completed their condition history
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